MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is published and now available in softcover, and soon to be released in eBook form, available at: http://www.iUniverse.com. This is a fiction novel bringing readers through first-hand experiences in history, ancient history and pre-history. Brie, the young female protagonist, and her family experience live in the Old World empires. They traverse through the Old World Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek, and Roman Empires. In the process, they discover the uncanny connections between the Old World Empires and the sons of Noah of Bible fame.

This book was first published September 24, 2016, the year that Old Sturbridge Village celebrated its 70th Anniversary. The book is set in Old Sturbridge Village at the Christmas By Candlelight celebration 2016. Brie and her cousin and best friend, Abby, along with Aunt Cher and Grammy Rose, time travel through history in an intriguing set of circumstances.

Meanwhile, Brie’s mother, Sarah, brother Greg and her cousin, Abe, stay in real time, touring all of the buildings, houses and Meetinghouses, and discover forgotten history of days gone by.

The Underground Railroad was very active during the 1830s, as well as the sermons of Rev. Adin Ballou of Hopedale influencing the Baptist congregation of the Center Meetinghouse of Old Sturbridge Village. Scrooge of A Christmas Carol, and Santa himself make an appearance to explain the real history of how they came to be.

The subtitle of this book is CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED. How did Christmas really come about? Is Christmas really about the birth of Jesus? Where do the Christmas traditions of Christmas trees, wreaths, mistletoe, and Yule Logs come from?

This book reveals the secret of Christmas that has been locked in history since the beginning of time. I am a former reporter for the Milford Daily News, and feature writer for the Laconia Daily Sun. This book is an investigative look at the facts that have been handed down through history and how accurate they are, as Brie and her family have a fascinating experience in one of the most celebrated holidays of all time.

I hope you enjoy it.

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While We Wait For Re-Release of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS


Highlights from MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS to be watching out for include local landmarks, including Lake Nipmuc, Route 16 and Taft Avenue in Mendon, Massachusetts;  the Nipmuc Native American Nation. Morgan horses, the Rev. Adin Ballot, how the Quakers have been promoting women’s rights in the 1600s, and how immigration took place in the 1800s when our forefathers arrive to the United States.

The Nipmuc Native American Nation was called Nipnet. It extended south to Rhode Island, home to the Narragansett Native American Nation; north to New Hampshire and Vermont, home to the Pennacook and Wawinak Native American Nations; west to the Pocomtuc and Mohican Native American Nation; and east to the Massachusett, Wampanoag and  Nauset Native American Nations.

The greater Mendon area has numerous historical footprints of the Nipmuc Native American Nation, such as the gleaming shores of Lake Nipmuc. It was a pleasure to grow up in this area. Old Sturbridge Village is the setting of this fiction work of art. From here half of the family members in this book time travel back into history, ancient history and pre-history. They are very surprised to learn what they learn.

Horse lovers will appreciate knowing that the two fictional Morgan horses in this fiction novel, are from Figure, the real horse owned by Justin Morgan. He was a teacher, composer and horseman who lived in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was the practice in 1830 to call the horse by the owners name. Figure’s colt became the founding sire of the Morgan breed. These horses are known for their charisma and companionableness.

The Morgan horses in this story are named Gitche and Manitou. Gitche Manitou is the Native American name for Great Spirit, God. Morgan horses are also able to out walk, out run and out pull any other breed of horse, making them a perfect fit for the Old Sturbridge Village setting.

The Rev. Adin Ballot was a real person who influenced Mendon through the Mendon Unitarian Church, a sister church to Hopedale. Much of his humanitarian and religious philosophy has trickled down to this day.

The Quakers were one of the first group to promote women and women’s rights. They even allowed women to speak and teach at the Religious Society of Friends Meetinghouse. Additionally they also promoted women authors.

When it comes to immigration, this book takes a look at what the people of 1830 had to do to come to this beautiful United States of America. It is good to remember.

I hope you enjoy this book. I will write again as soon as it is re-released.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS BEING PRINTED


The update for THE MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is now complete and is in the hands of the publisher. As soon as I review and approve the printed copy, it will be available again for sale online through http://www.iuniverse.com,  local bookstores, and all online bookstores. It will also be available as an eBook.

The revision of THE MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, a time travel, historical fiction novel, takes the cast of characters through the yesteryears of Old Sturbridge Village in 1830. Little known facts of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, and Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, George Washington, Zachary Taylor, John Tyler, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Jimmy Carter and Barak Obama make for intriguing reading.

Even President John Quincy Adams makes an appearance in this historical account which mentions him, as one of the famous people who traveled on the Hartford – Worcester Turnpike, with a major stop at Old Sturbridge Village.

Abolitionist history unfolds in this book, with the local flavor of the Samuel L. Hill House and the Ross Farm in Northampton, as part of the utopian community called the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, about nine towns from Sturbridge.

Other safe houses mentioned are the Elisha Hammond House, the Dorsey-Jones House, the Hall Judd House, and even the house of the Rev. Rufus Ellis at 48 Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton.

More excitement takes place as some of the family stays in real time, visiting all of houses, churches and buildings of Old Sturbridge Village, while other members of their family travel through ancient and pre-history, discovering accurate Bible history along the way.

Brie is the young female protagonist of the book, and gets abducted by one of the Nephilim, meets Noah and his family, and gets to babysit Jesus.

This is a book not to miss.

Re-Release This Spring


MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is currently under revision to more accurately reflect Bible, Ancient and Pre-History. It is an amazing insight, a modern DNA-like discovery of how Noah’s sons re-populate the world through the empires. In the process, the mystery of where the Christmas traditions originate is discovered. This book is a must read for anyone interested in accurate history and Bible history. MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, subtitled, CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, is expected to be re-released this spring. It will be worth the wait.


Barnes & Noble Bookstores Book Signing at Special Educators Event


Linda (Kearsley) Hourihan, local author of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMASuntitled-5 UNLOCKED, is going to be back in Worcester County at Barnes & Noble Bookstore @https://www.facebook.com/search/461717847364396/local_search?surface=tyah

at The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, 70 Worcester Providence Turnpike #5, Millbury, signing books as part of Barnes & Noble Bookstores Special Educator Holiday Event, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is part of the Tantasqua Book Fair held at Barnes & Noble.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, subtitle CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, is an historical fiction/time travel fantasy novel that begins at the Christmas by Candlelight annual event at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) as it celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, 2016. Brie is the thirteen-year-old protagonist at a time when the world needs a strong, young female heroine. The US Treasury Department announcement on April 20, 2016 to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bill, moving former President Andrew Jackson to the back by the year 2020, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin tales are also highlighted.

Brie and her family get split up during the annual Gingerbread House Contest. Her brother, Greg; mother, Sarah and cousin, Abe stay in real time, to attend the fictional workshops on the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires in the OSV buildings and learn the effects of each on the 1830 community. Meanwhile, Brie along with her cousin and best friend, Abby, Aunt Cher and Grammy Rose travel back to the empires mentioned to learn history first-hand. The history of Christmas and Santa Claus is also explored.

While MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is targeted for all ages, it is especially appropriate for middle and junior high school students.

As a former Milford Daily News correspondent for her home town of Mendon, and feature writer, she wrote under the byline of Linda Kearsley for approximately 15 years. Hourihan has also written features articles for Middlesex News, and the Connecticut Post. She and her husband, John T. Hourihan Jr., who is well-known for his “Coffee, Make Mine Regular,” helped to start the Laconia Daily Sun. Hourihan also wrote feature stories, while her husband served as editor of the paper.

She is also the author of The Virtue of Virtues, a CCD textbook which was taught at Sacred Heart Church in Hopedale.

This Special Educator Event on December 3 begins at 9 a.m. for Pre-K through 12 educators, who will receive a twenty-five percent discount on books, toys, games, movies, music and more; plus educators will receive ten percent off Café consumables and select NOOK devices.

Barnes & Noble Bookstores (Millbury, MA)https://www.facebook.com/search/461717847364396/local_search?surface=tyah

The First Olympics


The first Olympics took place in the year 776 BCE, with Alexander I, the Image result for picture of first olympicspredecessor of Alexander the Great participating. Alexander I could only participate after he proved his Greek heritage. These great sporting contests took place in the Greek city of Olympia, named after Queen Olympia, wife of King Phillip II. This information comes to light in the newly released historical fiction/fantasy book, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.

Abe, Greg and Greg’s mother, Sarah, are attending one of the special workshops on the Greek Empire and its effects on Old Sturbridge Village in the 1830s. The evening kicks off with the Christmas by Candlelight celebration, which is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year. Many workshops take place in the Village buildings.

This trio attends many of the fictions workshops taking place during this special night, by horse-drawn sleigh rides over snow-packed, dirt roads. The Greek Empire explaining how Aristotle is the tutor of Alexander the Great, and Plutarch affect history during this time.

Gracing the beginning pages of the book is a quote from Plutarch: “To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.”

This is true.

Demand for MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED At Barnes & Noble Puts It On Their Bookshelves


Barnes & Noble Bookstores is now considering putting MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS –front-cover CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED on retail bookshelves. One thing Barnes & Noble looks for is demand for book orders through their stores, either for the softcover version or the eBook. People can now use their Barnes & Noble store cards to take advantage of all the specials that their BN cards offer.

To order MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED for Christmas presents through Barnes & Noble, simply contact your local Barnes & Noble Bookstore and request this book.

This is a returnable book for all bookstores, through the publisher, iUniverse, LLC. Barnes & Noble Bookstores, and all other bookstores, are able to return any unsold books they order for their retail bookshelves.

Also if you would like to see MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED on the retail shelves of any other bookstore, you may now contact them so that they may also order books for you.

Ordering books through Barnes & Noble Bookstores and all other bookstores saves you shipping and handling costs.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is a wonderful present on the history of Christmas, Santa Claus, the birth of Jesus, through the time travel adventures of Brie, the 13 year old protagonist. She discoverers there is only one race, the human race. She and her family begin their holiday traditions at the Christmas by Candlelight Dinner Celebration. Time travel to hear the choir of angels sing. This is just the beginning.